To Horace Mann
I don't know whether it was my Lord of Bristol7 or some one of the Saddlers' Company8 who had told him that this was the way 'to steal the hearts of the people9.' He is in a quarrel with Lord Falmouth10. There is just dead one Hammond ", a disciple of Lord Chesterfield, and Equerry to his Royal Highness: he had parts, and was just come into Parliament, strong of the Cobham faction, or nepotism, as Sir Eobert calls it. The White Prince desired Lord Falmouth to choose Dr. Lee, who, you know, has disobliged the party by accepting a Lordship of the Admiralty. Lord Falmouth has absolutely refused, and insists upon choosing one of his own brothers12: his Highness talks loudly of opposing him. The borough is a Cornish one.
There is arrived a courier from Lord Stair, with news of Prince Lobkowitz13 having cut off five thousand French14. We are hurrying away the rest of our troops to Flanders, and say that we are in great spirits, and intend to be in greater when we have defeated the French too.
For my own particular I cannot say I am well; I am
7 Dr. Seeker, afterwards Bishop of Oxford. Walpole.
8 The Prince was a member of the Saddlers' Company. Walpole.
9 See 2 Samuel xv. 6.
10 Hugh Bosoawen (1707-1782), second Viscount JTalmouth; served in the army; General, 1772.
M- Author of Love Elegies. Walpole.—James Hammond (1710-1742), M.P. for Truro ; said to have died of love for Miss Catherine Dashwood, ' the toast of the Oxfordshire Jacobites,' -who survived until 1779.
12 Captain Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), third son of first Viscount Falmouth; Lord of the Admiralty, 1761-61; Vice-Admiral, 1755 ; Admiral of the Blue, 1758.
18 George Christian, Prince Lobkowitz, d. 1753.
14 'The French having posted 5,000 men at Teyn, under the Duke
de Boufflers, on the East Side of the Moldau in Bohemia, with intention to take Tabor; Prince Charles of Lorrain fell upon them on the 25th [May] past, and drove them through their very camp, with prodigious Slaughter. The Duke however escaped by flight with only two Regiments, but left behind some Cannon, four Standards, two pair of Colours, and all the Baggage. Marshal Broglio on advice of this action, quitted his Camp with great Precipitation at Frauenberg, which Prince Lobkowitz thereupon entered and dispatched his Croats and Hussars, after the Enemy, who lost in their Flight above 1,000 Men; here Prince Lobkowitz found a considerable Booty, and even the Military Chest, in which was a Million of Livres.' (Gent. Mag., 1742, p. 332.)